Due to Hurricane Florence affecting the East Coast the Super Production Day for B Crew scheduled for September 15th has been moved to September 22nd. This was caused by concern that the plant would not be able to receive parts coming from the East Coast. A Crew still has a super production day scheduled for September 30th and B Crew is planning on running October 6th. If the schedule changes again we will keep you informed.
The Transit system will change back to a 5X10 schedule for the week of September 24th. The company has told us that they are behind about 360 units and this week will be used to make those units up. In Volume One of the National Agreement on page 343 it discusses how to make up lost production on a 4X10 pattern. The two down weeks are still on for late October at this time. We expect the Transit System to have several changes before going back to regular overtime and we will keep you informed as more changes occur.
Stamping Plant Expansion
We have been told that KCAP will be adding on to the Stamping plant with the addition of another press, an additional MSC Center, and a 40,000 square foot warehouse for MP&L. This is very good news for our assembly plant and will help bring additional jobs to KCAP. Currently construction is already underway for the MP&L phase. Over the next few months we will provide additional updates as to the progress.
Local 249 Leadership has continued to raise concerns over the amount of open jobs inside the plant. In an effort by the company to avoid hiring some of the temporary workers to full time we have been told one plan could be to reduce the percentage of utility and place them on the open jobs. The plan calls for only 12% utility in the Stamping Plant, Paint Shops, Body Shops and Pre-Delivery Departments. In Trim, Chassis, and MP&L Departments there will only be an allotment of 15% utility. If the company follows through with this plan some of the current utility will be reduced back to their previous classification, and the rest of the utility could be moved to a different shift.
The Transit System rebalance will begin on Thursday, September 20th and the four month period will end on Sunday, January 20th. This a very difficult and continuous period for the membership. The local leadership team is committed to addressing all work standards concerns and asks that all members maintain the highest level of commitment to Quality and Safety. If you have any questions on rebalance we ask you to notify your District Committeeman.
Women’s Awareness Training
The UAW Local 249 Women’s Committee is hosting a Women’s Awareness training class for the membership. This class will be taught by a licenses psychologist on September 28th from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. The class is free, however they are asking for donations of New Blankets, Pillows, Towels, Twin Sheets and Washcloths. These items will be donated to a local women’s shelter.
On September 30th the UAW Local 249 Recreation Committee is hosting a BBQ Competition at the Union Hall. It is $50.00 to cook and the check in is at 3:00 am. The contestants must cook pulled pork and chicken (dark and light meat will be judged.) There will also be a Cornhole tournament going on.
The deadline for this competition is September 25th at 5:00pm.
3rd Annual UAW/Ford Charity Golf Outing
On Saturday, October 13th we will be holding our annual Charity Golf Outing at Paradise Point Golf Course in Smithville, MO. There are a few spots still available, the deadline is on October 9th however the spots are almost gone. The Four Man Scramble event is $300.00 per team, and includes green fee, cart, and range and BBQ dinner after the event. There will be Prize money, and raffle items available along with silent auction items.
The UAW Local 249 Motorcycle Committee is hosting another Solidarity Concert on October 20th. There will be live performances by Pompous Jack, 7 Mile Ford and Nic Danger. The Union Label Committee will be selling raffle tickets to a lot of great prizes at this event. There will also be BBQ sold by the Rub and Beverages available. The food will be cash only. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.
The UAW Local 249 Community Services Committee is hosting an exciting night of mouse racing on October 27th at VFW Post 5606. Located at 5406 NE Oak Ridge Rd. The tickets are $10.00 per person and includes a spaghetti dinner and non-alcoholic beverages. Other drink options are available through the VFW.
Flu shots will again be available for our members. Please bring your insurance cards, and if you have any questions please call Kenny Alexander Employee Assistance Representative 816-459-1226.
|October 1, 2, 2018||Executive Garage||11am-8:00 pm|
|October 1, 2018||Truck Body||12-7:00pm|
|October 1, 2018||Truck Paint||3-6:00 pm|
|October 1, 2018||Stamping Plant||1-5:00pm|
Limo/Party Bus Raffle
The UAW Local 249 Women’s Committee is currently selling raffle tickets for a free two hour limousine, or party bus ride. The tickets are $10.00 each and the winner will be drawn at the October 21st Union Meeting. This will help raise money for the events that they host throughout the year.
The UAW Local 249 Women’s Committee will be hosting their annual Halloween Party on October 31st! This is a free and safe alternative to trick or treating and will be located at the Union Hall from 6:00-9:00 PM.
Jason Starr Jim Fisher
President Bargaining Chair